Terry Fife enjoys the challenge of tackling new and unusual topics and crafting histories that are grounded in the broader context of the American story. A practicing historian for more than three decades, she has developed special skills in oral and visually-based history, and in making solid scholarship accessible to general audiences.
Prior to founding History Works, Fife worked as a curator at the Chicago Historical Society, now the Chicago History Museum. She served as a co-curator of “We the People: Creating a New Nation, 1765-1820,” an inventive exhibition about the American Revolution and early national era. For many years, she has taught part-time in the Public History Program at Loyola University. Fife is a graduate of Beloit College and Northern Illinois University, where she studied American social history with Alfred F. Young.
Elizabeth Trantowski is a public historian whose interests include cultural and architectural history and topics related to Chicago and the Midwest. At History Works, Trantowski tackles family and business research assignments as well as digital and archival projects.
Prior to joining History Works in 2010, Trantowski taught American history and Spanish at a suburban college prep high school. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in teaching from Boston College, and a master’s degree in public history from Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Chicago, traveling, volunteering, and indulging her Hispanophile interests.
Kyle Wolfe is an archivist and historical researcher who received her B.A. in history from DePaul University in 2010 and went on to receive her M.L.I.S. in library and information science and a certificate in archives and cultural heritage resources and services from Dominican University in 2014.
When not immersing herself in historical research both for work and for fun, Kyle can be found cooking, reading, or playing with her cats.
Hannah began working for History Works in 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. She is pursuing two master’s degrees: one in public history at Loyola University, and one in library and information science at Dominican University. She’s interested in collective memory, preservation, and getting people more involved in historical interpretation.
Hannah presented Chicago history and architecture on Wendella boat tours, as well as volunteered as a docent at the Field Museum and Glessner House. In 2013, she researched and wrote the content for the Joliet Rotary Club’s centennial exhibit. She’s a huge fan of cycling, trivia, Sunday brunch, and other people’s dogs (because she has yet to adopt one of her own).